Paul McCartney

 

Reviews round-up, The O2

The Times

He can pretty much pick any song and you're overjoyed to hear it.

5 stars

The Times, p2 leader

Paul McCartney's tour is the chance to witness a genius.

The concert was a triumphant reminder that age does not diminish the songs.  

'Hey Jude' with Paul McCartney at a pub piano, should be the new national anthem.

Daily Telegraph

Perhaps the highest praise one could give Sir Paul McCartney is that 41 years after the Beatles split up, his star still refuses to diminish.

At London's O2 Arena he showed how he does it, with a twinkling greatest hits set which exhibited his unique ability to bring people together.

4 stars

The Guardian

Genius does not normally come in such genial packages, but genius it undoubtedly is: 'The Long and Winding Road' remains an exquisite meditation on mortality, and you could hear a pin drop during a breathtaking a cappella 'Blackbird'.

5 stars

The Independent

A few months off 70, he is a phenomenon.  He looks and sounds remarkable, and the energy levels are boundless

5 stars

Financial Times

It was a marathon set lasting 160 minutes but it didn't sag.  His touring band, with him since 2002, was stripped-back and focused.

His guitar solos were superb: he appears to be reinventing himself as an axe hero in his dotage.

4 stars

Evening Standard

But the big announcement was saved for the encore, when Macca introduced Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood for a riotous 'Get Back'  It was the icing on the cake of a near-perfact gig.  Walk out?  I would have stayed all night.

4 stars

The Sun

You can count on one hand the artists who could play three hours of material without a single duff note.  Paul McCartney is one of them.  He had The O2 hanging on his every word, as he always does, with an epic 35-song set last night.

The Mirror

Kudos to Macca, who was the last one standing after performing an energetic three-hour set, without even having a break for water.

Daily Star

Sir Macca: The most famous musician on the planet - and still the best.

Daily Express

A runaway triump...Macca's back on stage.

The former Beatle was greeted with a standing ovation from the 19,000-strong crowd when he bounced on stage at the O2 Arena in London and launched a three-hour non-stop performance.

Set list from the O2 Arena, London. If you were at the show, leave us a review by clicking here

Hello Goodbye
Juniors Farm
All My Loving
Jet
Drive My Car
Sing The Changes
Night Before
Let Me Roll It
Paperback Writer
Long and Winding Road
Come and Get It
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
Maybe I'm Amazed
I've Just Seen A Face
I Will
Blackbird
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Mrs Vanderbilt
Eleanor Rigby
Something
Band on the Run
Ob la di, Ob la da
Back in the USSR
I Gotta Feeling
A Day in the Life/Give Peace A Chance
Let it Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Encore:
The Word/All You Need Is Love
Day Tripper
Get Back - Joined on stage by Ronnie Wood!

Second Encore:
Yesterday
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

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